Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Three times a refugee

8 June 20180 comments

Wafaa Fhaid’s family are refugees three times over.

As Iraqi-Palestinians, they have been forced to flee their homes three times in the past half-decade as conflict after conflict has plagued the Middle East.

Forced to leave her home in Iraq in 2007 after violence against Palestinians flared in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, she and her family found temporary refuge in Syria.

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Dream of world peace slipping away

8 June 20180 comments

The number of refugees fleeing conflicts has soared to 1 percent of the world’s total population, the highest level in modern history, according to a new report.

The 2018 Global Peace Index shows the world is less peaceful now than at any time in the last 10 years with terrorism and internal conflict the two biggest contributors.

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One man’s trash…

8 June 20180 comments

Residents of the world’s largest refugee camp have launched an initiative to clean up plastic waste that is also earning them incomes.

Refugees at Dadaab camp, in north-east Kenya, are involved in a recycling pilot project was launched to mitigate waste pollution in the camp while providing livelihood opportunities to refugees and host community members.

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Multicultural youth optimistic and engaged – study

7 June 20180 comments

Young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds feel a sense of optimism and belonging even though they are subject to discrimination, the first ever census of multicultural youth.

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Budget responds to migration growth

3 May 20180 comments

A massive investment in education and infrastructure in the 2018-19 Victorian state budget is the Andrews government’s response to a period of significant population growth largely driven by overseas migration.

The Victorian Government has committed to spending $4.3 billion on new roads and $1.9 billion on public transport as well as $2.8 billion on 28 new schools….

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The girl who swam to freedom

2 May 20180 comments

Yusra Mardini, the Syrian swimming champion who famously helped to save fellow refugees on a sinking raft in the Aegean Sea, has released a book that tells her traumatic story and also sheds light on the horror of the global refugee crisis.

Yusra’s book, titled ‘Butterfly’, tells how she and elder sister Sara paid smugglers $US1,500 each to cross from Turkey to Greece, after they fled war-torn Damascus.

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Media Releases

March 2014

Media Release: Rising numbers of asylum seekers volunteering in the community

17 March 20140 comments

Asylum seekers in Melbourne are volunteering in droves as they try to find ways to make a contribution, occupy...

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February 2014

Media Release: High flyer comes home to ‘make a difference’

20 February 20140 comments

Sheridan Mills walked away from a high-flying career in commercial design and project management because he wanted to...

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Media Release: New edition of ‘What’s the law?’ – Australian law for new arrivals

17 February 20140 comments

A free education kit, explaining Australian law to new arrivals and designed for use in the Adult Migrant English...

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Media Release: Program getting skilled migrants into work

14 February 20140 comments

An innovative new program is succeeding in getting newly arrived skilled migrants into jobs that fit their qualifications...

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